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Socioeconomic rights researchers, advocates and practitioners gather at Åbo Akademi University

Ndjodi Ndeunyema - 27th January 2017

Through this blog, I share what I have learned from recently attending a week long advanced course on the justiciability of social, economic and cultural rights (SECR). The annual course forms part of the Global School of Socio-economic Rights and is organised by various institutions. It has been hosted at the Institute of Human Rights at […]

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Indigenous Peoples and Land Demarcation in Brazil: A Never-Ending Process?

Iago Morais de Oliveira - 13th December 2016

From 7 to 17 March 2016, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, visited three Brazilian states and the Federal District in order to assess and highlight the current challenges faced by indigenous communities. As a result of these visits, the UNHRC produced a report released on August 8 2016 concerning […]

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Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the Courtroom: Litigation Strategies in Light of the Zika Outbreak

Sinara Gumieri and Lucia Berro - 1st December 2016

Earlier this year the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency in response to the Zika virus, stating that “the level of alarm is extremely high.” It has taken one public health crisis to expose the longstanding human rights crisis around sexual and reproductive rights. As of September this year, 9,514 suspected cases of […]

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European Court of Human Rights to Consider Right to Education

James Rooney - 21st October 2016

James Rooney is one of the Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a pre-eminent South African public interest law firm. Two Oxford graduate students a year travel to Grahamstown, in South Africa’s […]

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Advancing the Right to Education in South Africa

James Rooney - 30th September 2016

James Rooney is one of the Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), a pre-eminent South African public interest law firm. Two Oxford graduate students a year travel to Grahamstown, in South Africa’s […]

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Socio-Economic Rights Advocacy in South Africa’s Eastern Cape

James Rooney - 31st August 2016

I am one of the two Oxford Human Rights Hub/Rhodes University Travelling Fellows for this year. This is the first year of the fellowship, and the second fellow will be travelling down at the start of 2017. The Fellowship is a partnership between the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Rhodes University in South Africa, and the […]

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Justice Scalia’s Terribly Few Words on Education Rights

Joshua E. Weishart - 5th April 2016

Justice Scalia was a wordsmith whose informal, pithy style and wit forced smiles from even his staunchest critics. His influence on the Supreme Court came through the sheer effect of his prose. And he frequently put it to use in his dissents and concurrences, believing that his separate opinions, though not binding, improved the drafting […]

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Justice Scalia, Challenges to the Affordable Care Act, and a Missed Opportunity to Meaningfully Engage the Right to Healthcare

Valarie K Blake - 24th March 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his polarising opinions on fundamental issues in American policy. Yet, his recent dissents in major legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are surprisingly tame given that healthcare policy is rife with complex social questions. Justice Scalia’s analysis in ACA legal challenges, which emphasised textual rather than policy […]

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“The Dr. Magufuli style”: Why Apt Priorities Should Follow Constitutional Formulations of Socio-Economic Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Duncan Okubasu Munabi - 12th February 2016

The newly drafted constitutions in Sub-Saharan Africa have responded to the social and economic conditions of Africans by formally describing the entitlement to basic and important necessities of life such as food, shelter, healthcare and social security. This category of rights described as “socio-economic rights” are being catalogued in Bills of Rights in the newly […]

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Recent Developments in the Australian Health Policy Further Undermine the Right to Health

Russell Solomon - 4th February 2016

As a developed country, Australia has a generally high standard of health care. Various kinds of public expenditure support the health of the general population, particularly through Medicare’s bulk billing and a world class hospital system. Yet the level of public expenditure remains contentious and so much of Australia’s health policy is not referenced to […]

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Textbook Provision for Learners in South Africa: Supreme Court of Appeal Judgment in the BEFA Case

Faranaaz Veriava - 25th January 2016

In December 2015, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) in the case of Minister of Basic Education and Others v Basic Education for All and Others (the “BEFA” case) declared that section 29(1)(a) of the South African Constitution, which guarantees every learner the right to a basic education, includes the entitlement that every […]

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